The seventh day of the week and a day of rest. Also use this tag for questions that apply equally to Yom Tov and Shabbat.

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Is it actually forbidden to push a wheelchair outside of an eruv on Shabbat?

I have heard opinions varying wildly on the subject and am trying to make sense of them halachically. Is it illegal on Shabbat to push someone in a wheelchair, let's say, from their home to synagogue ...
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Tefillin On Shabbos

Why do we not put on Tefillin on Shabbos? Why is one not allowed to put on Tefillin on Shabbos? And similarly, why is Tefillin Muktzah?
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Division of Mishnayos in Pirkei Avos / Meseches Avos

In the Siddur, Pirkei Avos has a different division (in each Perek the amount of Mishnayos) than in the Mishnayos Avos. Who determined the division of the Mishnayos in the Siddur?
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Number of Candles at Lighting

How many candles should one light on Erev Shabbos and Yom Tov? And why that number?
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The Fanatic Badge

Here on Mi Yodeya, one can earn the "Fanatic" badge for visiting the site for 100 consecutive days. Is it halachically possible to earn the fanatic badge in the Diaspora?
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Is it permitted to make kiddush before Torah reading on Shabbat?

I know it's acceptable to have kiddush before Mussaf. Is it acceptable to have kiddush after the kaddish shalem of Shacharit but before the sefer Torah is taken out to be read? (I believe I've heard ...
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bicycle on Shabbat?

Is riding a bicycle on Shabbat permitted within an eiruv, being ridden only on pavement (so no unintended plowing), for transportation and not exercise, and with the understanding that repairs aren't ...
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Drinking Water During “Shalosh Seudos”

Someone told me that one is not allowed to drink plain water during the third meal of Shabbos (Seudah Shelishit). (or at least that there is a minhag not to). Is this true? And if so, what is the ...
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When does a day start/end in the far North/South?

As I understand it, a day in the Jewish calendar is from sunset to sunset. How is this handled if you are living so far north or south that you have long periods of daylight or darkness?
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Women Making Kiddush

Let's say a husband and wife are alone on Friday night or on Shabbos day. Can the wife make kiddush for herself and her husband?
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Making Fruit Punch on Shabbos

Why is making fruit punch on Shabbos not a problem of coloring?
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Clapping on Shabbos

Is one allowed to clap one's hands on Shabbos? Does it matter whether one is clapping to a beat or trying to get someone's attention?
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Schlisel Challah [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Parnassah Segulah What is the source of the Minhag to make Schlisal Challah the week after Pesach? Is it better to make a Challah in the shape of a key or is it better to put ...
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Tying a Tie on Shabbos

How should one tie a tie on Shabbos (or yom tov) so that it doesn't have any knot problems? In other words there are lots of ways to tie a tie. I was wondering which of these are okay for use on ...
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Shabbos Chol HaMoed / Shabbos Yom Tov

Why is Kabbolas Shabbos shortened on Shabbos Chol HaMoed / Shabbos Yom Tov?
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What is better to do on Shabbos HaGodol?

Is it better to eat egg Matza at the Seuda or is it better to eat Challa at the Seuda? What are the pros and cons of either choice?
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Glow sticks on Shabbos

May one activate a glow stick on Shabbos? (In other words, is there a prohibition on activating the chemical reaction which produces the light in a glow stick?)
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Will rabbis allow brainy Shabbat driving?

Saw this news story a few days ago about a car being driven with just thought, using a special cap with sensors. http://www.jpost.com/Sci-Tech/Article.aspx?id=215704 To me this still seems entirely ...
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Is glow in the dark Jewelry muktzeh?

Is a glow in the dark necklace or bracelet muktzeh? Would any action I needed to take matter if I was already wearing it before Shabbat started?
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reason for rav yehuda holding can't rip stitch of tunic

why in maccos when it is talking about hilchos shobbas and ripping the stitch on the neck hole of a tunic and opening a barrel stopper does rav yehuda hold that you can't rip the thread of the tunic ...
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If no one else was available, could a mohel ride a bicycle on shabbos to perform a circumcision?

If a healthy baby boy's eighth day of life is on a Saturday, that's the day his bris milah / circumcision should be performed if at all possible. While elective surgeries are prohibited on Shabbos, ...
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Biting your cheek

I have a habit of biting the side of my cheek, On shabbos, would this habit be considered breaking shabbos?
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Owning stock in companies that operate on shabbat

It is my understanding that one may only have ownership in a business that operates on shabbat if you co-own with a gentile and have an explicit arrangement that all profits derived on shabbat belong ...
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Reading a newspaper on Shabbat

Is there any issues with reading a newspaper on Shabbat? Assuming you are not carrying the paper into the house without an eruv, I seem to remember hearing that you can not read a Saturday newspaper ...
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Kibbudim on Shabbat/Yom Tov

Are there any halachot governing who can and who can not get a kibbud (i.e. opening the Aron , not an aliyah) on Shabbat, Yom Tov, Rosh Hashannah or Yom Kippur? I ask because in our shul we have two ...
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Shabbat restrictions in the Army

Are there any Shabbat restrictions in the army during basic training? If this is only basic training and not war-time is this still considered pekuach-nefesh?
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Cooking Cholent Right before Shabbos

Is there anything wrong with putting up a cholent to cook right before Shabbos?
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What are the rabbinic opinions about an apartment building requiring an eruv?

From the Mishna in Eruvin, it's clear that if a bunch of houses are in an enclosed courtyard, the courtyard is technically one big resuht hayachid -- private domain -- but because it looks like a ...
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C-Section Different for Bris

Why is it that a baby born on Shabbos via C-Section cannot have a bris 8 days later [on Shabbos]? Source: http://mi.yodeya.com/questions/5763/twin-bris-conundrum/5765#5765
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How exactly was extinguishing used constructively to build the Mishkan/Tabernacle?

One of the 39 categories of forbidden labor on Shabbos is "extinguishing" (mechabeh); how exactly was it used in a constructive fashion when building the Mishkan?
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Why is squeezing a ketchup bottle on Shabbos not considered Dosh (Melechet Dash)?

Why is squeezing a ketchup bottle on Shabbos not considered Dosh (Melechet Dash)?
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Covering the Cake During Kiddush

Many times there is cake, cookies or various other foods out on the table during Kiddush. Is it necessary to cover them (as I sometimes see people do)? Would it make a difference if the cake is going ...
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What sort of covering is required for Challa and cake while making Kiddush?

The Halacha is that we cover the Challa / Cake while we make Kiddush in order not to embarass it (Talmud Yerushalmi as quoted by the Tur, Orach Chaim 271) as we are not making Hamotzi / Mezonos first. ...
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Making Kiddush/Havdalah Twice

Is it okay to say kiddush or havdalah twice in order to be Motzi someone else (e.g. wife)?
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Lighting Sabbath Candles as “Pharisee Propaganda”

Does anyone know of any sources that say that the reason that we light the Shabbos candles is to show that we do use light for Shabbos, as opposed to the Karaites that do not?
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Chopsticks On Shabbos

Are you permitted to Break apart the Chopsticks to use them On Shabbos?
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Saying Yekum Purkan after the Minyan is already up to Av HaRachamim or Ashrei

The Halacha is that a individual not Davening with a Minyan does not say Yekum Purkan. Suppose you are in Shul and for some reason the Chazan finished Yekum Purkan and is already up to Av HaRachamim ...
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Bris on Shabbos

Motivated by the Muktzeh review going on( at least it seems to be what simcha man is doing) at this site. What is allowed and or minhagim of a bris on Shabbos what the status of the Knife mukteh or ...
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Muktzeh in the drawer: remove stuff?

If I have a Muktzeh item in a drawer, can I still get my shirts out of that drawer on Shabbat?
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Keychain with Muktzeh

If I have a Key chain with Muktzeh on it can I use the keys on the Key chain?
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Repayment of Shabas expenditures

Betza 15-16 says that one's allotment of money for the year doesn't include expenditures for Shabas and yom tov, for which one is repaid according to his outlay. (First off, am I reading that right? ...
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Alarm clock handling on Shabbos

Are you allowed to touch an alarm clock on Shabbos?
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Telescope on Shabbos

Can you use and move around a telescope on Shabbos?
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Toiveling Keilim on Shabbos

Can you Toivel Keilim on Shabbos?
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Self-winding wristwatches on Shabbos

Can self-winding wristwatches be used on Shabbos?
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Dancing and singing on Shabbos

Halacha seems to imply it is problematic to partake in these activities on Shabbos yet of late I have noticed it has become a Mitzvah to do it. What is the Halachic Basis for it? And which Posek talks ...
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Ripping on Shabbos

Why can I open a bag of potato Chips and not rip toilet paper?
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Ball Playing on Shabbbos

Is one allowed to play ball on Shabbos?
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cleaning up throw-up

if you have throw-up on a couch and it stinks and the couch is absorbent, how do you clean this up on shabbas? what are the concerns?
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Boat on Shabbos

What is the problem of going on a boat (and by proxy doing elective surgery) less than three days beforehand?